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Student life


General campus history materials can be good sources of information about student life, activities, and sports.  For sports stories, local newspapers such as The Daily Vidette and The Pantagraph may be useful sources. Below you'll find more sources on the following topics:


Garrett, Donald Edward. A History of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Illinois State Normal University. (1959)

  • Storage Basement LD 2347 .Z9 no. 662

Gallagher, Laura K. The History of Student Physical Recreation as it Evolved into Campus Recreation Services at Illinois State University. (1997)

  • Storage Basement LD 2347 .Z9 no. 4758

Bloodworth, Bryan and Roger Cushman. 100 Years of Illinois State Redbird Basketball. (1998)

  • Floor 4 Shelves GV 885.43.I52 B56 1998
  • Floor 2 Reference Building Use Only GV 885.43.I52 B56 1998

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Activities and events

University Archives has films in VHS, beta, and 16-millimeter formats that document activities and events on campus.

VHS-format videotapes include images of the university from the 1980s and 1990s.  Sample titles include the following.

  • Homecoming Highlights '93
  • ISU College of Fine Arts, Arts Fest '94
  • Presidential Inauguration of Victor John Boschini Jr. 10/12/99
  • A Presidential Farewell, David A. Strand, 4/28/99
  • ISU: Changes I've Known - The Lighter Touch, Maggie Parrett, 2/25/99
  • Illinois State University Through the Years, 3/28/96
  • State of the University Address, 10/26/95

A set of beta-format videotapes also includes images of the university from the 1980s and 1990s.  These tapes consist of campus shots varying in length from a few minutes to nearly an hour. University Archives maintains a paper index of these tapes organized by subjects such as "Campus General Wide Shots," "Campus Building Exteriors," "Classes," "Residential Life," and "Sports."

A set of 16 millimeter films documents campus life from the 1947 homecoming celebration through the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  A film list is available at University Archives.

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Graybill, Elaine. "A Peak Behind the Beak:  Memoirs of the First Reggie Redbird."  Illinois State 1 (Summer 2000): 12-15.

  • Floor 6 Shelves, LD2347 .I46
  • Also available at Floor 2 Reference Desk

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